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2008 Election &Conservatives Susan Freis Falknor on 23 Oct 2008 05:04 pm

Senator Barack Obama and His Chicago Circle

On October 8, we asked here “Is Barack Obama a ‘Red Diaper Baby’?” Now here are some revelations on senator Obama’s professional life in Chicago.

On NRO, Andy McCarthy in his “Another Communist in Obama’s Orb” gives us his seasoned take here on an activist McCarthy calls an “unabashed communist,” Michael Klonsky, a red-diaper baby, 1960s-1970s radical, and member of Barack Obama’s Chicago circle.

Former Federal prosecutor McCarthy relates:

“After getting his doctorate, Klonsky eventually made his way to Chicago and hooked up with his old SDS comrade (and self-professed “small ‘c’ communist”) Bill Ayers. Together, they co-founded the Small Schools Workshop in 1991. The goal — as Ayers has repeatedly made clear, most prominently in a 2006 speech before Hugo Chavez at an education forum in Caracas — is to bring the same Leftist revolution that has always galvanized them into the classroom. When Obama and Ayers collaborated together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) education-reform project, with Obama chairing the board that oversaw funding decisions, CAC underwrote the Klonsky/Ayers Small Schools Workshop with a whopping $1,056,162. And that’s not all. Nearly another million dollars was steered to the Small Schools Workshop by the Joyce and Woods Funds when Obama sat on their boards. The grand total comes to $1,968,718. Furthermore, as education remains one of Obama’s core areas of concern — a fact that should frighten you — he gave Klonsky a microphone during the campaign. On the Obama campaign’s official website, Klonsky ran a blog for the candidate, as Klonsky put it, on “education politics and teaching for social justice.” He ran it, that is, until blogger Steve Diamond called attention to it back in June. A that point, the campaign scrubbed the site of all Klonsky traces — a fitting Stalinesque purge, described by Diamond here (and reminiscent of similar efforts to erase the campaign’s false claims about Obama’s relationship with ACORN.

McCarthy explains. “The issue is that Obama promoted and collaborated with these anti-American radicals. The issue is that he shared their ideology.”

Author McCarthy also explores possible reasons why Hillary Clinton failed to challenge Obama with his leftist associations in the primaries here, and adds:

“…[W]hile I disagree with McCain on many things, I am frightened by Obama.  He would try to change the United States in very fundamental ways.  He may be exceedingly bright, but my litmus test is not whether he can discuss Reinhold Niebuhr’s philosophy on a dime.  Many very smart, well-educated people are enamored of monstrous ideas, and a lot of them make terrible (indeed, dangerous) leaders.  Obama’s moorings are in the radical Left.  That’s what we know about him.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

In the meantime, scholar Stanley Kurtz on NRO posts “Something New Here – Radical? Check. Tied to ACORN? Check. Redistributionist? Check.” here:

“All this means that Barack Obama is far from the post-partisan, post-ideological pragmatist he pretends to be. On the contrary, Obama’s ideological home is substantially to the left of the Democratic-party mainstream, so far to the left that he has one foot planted outside the party itself. And since the New Party Chicago was essentially an electoral arm of ACORN, Obama’s New Party tie, is yet another example of his deep links to the far-left militant organizers of that group. Obama’s account of his limited ties to ACORN in the third debate was clearly not truthful. Likewise, his earlier denials of ties to ACORN have fallen apart.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

McCarthy and Kurtz are serious people, and we urge our readers to visit some of their respective posts on senator Obama’s career here and here, and here and here.

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